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Google releases an Android L 64-bit emulator, for Intel x86 CPUs

Android app developers can now get their hands-on an Android L emulator to design 64-bit architecture. This will help developers who take advantage of features and instruction sets that only 64-bit processing can provide.

 

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But they're restricted to Intel's x86 64-bit architecture: Bay Trail and Atom - for now. Questions are raised by the Android community and other tech journalists, as to why Google didn't allow for ARMv8, knowing that ARMv8-based NVIDIA Tegra K1 64-bit capable chipset is going to be out soon. Qualcomm is also prepared its Snapdragon 810 64-bit processor as well.

 

The reason behind this could be that Intel may have worked closely with Google to develop Android L, but it's currently unknown if ARM or NVIDIA is having similar development tie-ups with Google. In regards to Google Android L, the 64-bit version of Android L will provide larger addressable memory space, larger number of registers and newer instruction sets that developers can play around with. Not only developers can build newer apps, but also optimize their older apps for the Android L architecture.

 

The emulator can be accessed via Google's developer portal.

Report: China iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus preorders top 20 million

It appears China is ready to embrace the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, as preorders reportedly topped 20 million in three days. A mix of China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom, the three largest Chinese wireless carriers, snagged 10 million preorders, while retailers racked up 9.5 million preorders.

 

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Previous generations of the iPhone sold extremely well in the United States and Western Europe, but struggled against Google Android-powered devices in emerging markets. However, analysts have predicted huge potential for consumer electronics in China, as the market continues to mature.

 

The iPhone will hit China starting on Friday, October 17, and should continue to generate surprising interest leading into the 2014 Christmas holiday season.

iPhone 6, 6 Plus will be available in 115 countries by end of 2014

The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in at least 115 countries before the end of 2014, Apple recently said. Before the end of the month, there will be 36 additional markets added in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East - as Apple hopes to drive demand for its newest iPhones.

 

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The iPhone is extremely popular in the United States, UK and Western Europe, but the company hopes to expand interest in emerging markets. The company hopes their release in China and India, scheduled for October 17, will also help drive up sales in two increasingly tech-centric markets.

 

Apple wanted to hit the ground running - and despite several high-profile hiccups - wants to expand sales faster than any other generation of the device. Furthermore, Apple has worked with the Chinese government to ensure there were no security backdoors for the U.S. government to snoop on Chinese users' personal information.

Google all but confirmed to launch the Nexus 6 'this month'

With so many rumors and rumblings about the Nexus 6, we know that it is coming, and very soon, short of Google fully announcing it right now. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Mountain View-based search giant will be announcing the new smartphone "this month".

 

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Google's Nexus 6 should arrive with a massive 5.9-inch QHD display, rocking a resolution of 2560x1440. Motorola, which Google sold not too long ago to Lenovo, is constructing the new phone for Google, under the codename "Shamu". The Nexus 6 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and hopefully all-day battery with a 3,200mAh battery.

 

On the software side of things, we should see the new Nexus flagship arriving with Android L, which is Google's next generation mobile OS that will be a big step up from Android 4.4 'KitKat'. Google is expected to also unveil the HTC-made, NVIDIA-powered Nexus 9 tablet at the same time. The Nexus 9, according to the rumors, should arrive with NVIDIA's very powerful Tegra K1 processor, and of course, Android L.

Lenovo's new 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 Pro features built-in projector

Lenovo took the wraps off of its Broadwell-powered Yoga 3 Pro earlier today, but the company unveiled two other devices, with the second being the new Yoga Tablet 2 Pro.

 

 

The new Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is a 13-inch, Android-powered slate that features a built-in projector. Yes, a built-in projector, that is capable of firing out a 16:9 high resolution image, or video, that Lenovo is pushing as the ultimate entertainment device. Considering the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro features a 2560x1440 QHD display and 8-watt sound system with subwoofer, we can see why.

 

How much will this bad boy set you back? $799? $999? Just $499... for a 13-inch tablet with a 2560x1440 display, 8-watt sound system, and built-in projector. Yikes, Apple/Samsung/Google/LG/HTC/Motorola/world.

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Report: Apple has reportedly delayed production of larger iPads

Apple suppliers will push back production of larger screen iPad tablets until early 2015, as they struggle to meet current demand for the larger screen iPhone 6 Plus smartphone. Mass production of the iPad was scheduled to start in December, but screen suppliers would be unable to ensure supply for both the iPhone and iPad until next year.

 

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"The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones," according to sources. "The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory. It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger screen iPad now."

 

The new iPads are expected to launch during an Apple event on October 16, but that doesn't mean consumers should expect to see the devices anytime soon. Furthermore, tablet sales were predicted to slow down in 2014 - as many consumers hang on to older tablet devices - with companies instead focusing on smartphones.

Sexting is commonplace for teenagers, further frightening parents

When it comes to teenagers and sexting, it doesn't matter if the teenagers are engaging in risky behavior, according to a new study from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Studying several years of data collected at local Texas high school students, sexting was seen as a general indicator of sexual activity - and not necessarily associated with risky behavior - as high schools and parents try to find ways to reduce the problem.

 

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Despite sexting not being a new problem, with the adoption of smartphones, there is a higher risk of images and videos being stolen or accidentally shared with other people, researchers noted.

 

More than one in five teenage girls have sent nude or semi-nude photos, with 17 percent of sexters admitting they share images with other people. It's an issue that is getting students in trouble, while others are left embarrassed, as high school administrators and parents seem to be unable to slow the problem down further.

Operation Predator mobile app helping crack down on child predators

The Operation Predator app is helping keep some child predators in check, and has led to several arrests, with more versions of the safety app now available. The app helps protect citizens by sending alerts of wanted predators, and people can submit tips via online form or phone tip line.

 

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"They've exploited children using technology for years, and now it's time for us to use technology to exploit them," said Bruce Foucart, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations special agent in Boston recently noted. "I hope this sends a message to them."

 

Sex offenders cunningly use technology to lure potential victims, and it's good to see technology help keep them in check. Since being introduced, the Operation Predator app has been downloaded more than 93,000 times. In addition to an Apple iOS and Google Android version of the app, designers hope a Spanish language version helps create additional interest.

Droid Turbo rumored to feature 21MP camera, 'Ultra HD' display

It looks like the cat is out of the bag when it comes to Motorola's forthcoming Droid Turbo, a new smartphone that has popped out of nowhere with its new User Manual.

 

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The Droid Turbo is teasing an impressive specs list, which includes a 5.2-inch "ultra high-definition display", "high-capacity long last battery", 21-megapixel rear-facing camera, Qi wireless charging, NFC, and support for Motorola's Turbo Charger, which should be included in the box for the Droid Turbo. The smartphone should also include most of the best features that were baked into the Moto X, which include Moto Voice, Display, Actions, Assist, and Connect.

 

One of the standout features is the fact that it looks to be running a very vanilla version of Android, without much UI changes splashed on top. We should hopefully hear more on this Verizon-bound smartphone soon.

HTC unveils its Desire Eye smartphone, dual 13-megapixel cameras

HTC has made its Desire Eye smartphone official, confirming that the best selfie-taking smartphone is now here, featuring dual 13-megapixel cameras. That's right, a 13-megapixel camera graces the rear, which isn't too special, but the 13-megapixel up front should have selfie-taking lovers opening their Eyes at this smartphone, geddit?

 

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The new Desire Eye features a 5.2-inch Full HD display, 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM. 16GB of flash storage expandable by microSD, and then of course, the dual 13-megapixel cameras. Both of the 13-megapixel cameras feature wide-angle lenses, and dual-LED flashes. Stereo BoomSound speakers are found on the Desire Eye, three microphones, a 2,400mAh battery, and Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

 

HTC wasn't scared of the fact that the new Desire Eye is made from plastic, but it's not cheap according to BGR who attended the Double Exposure event. The site reports that "the Desire Eye has a smooth and sleek design that is surprisingly impressive. There are no seams despite the band of color that surrounds the perimeter of the handset, and it feels good in the hand despite its large size". One of the stand out features on the Desire Eye is the new camera software, which comes with six main add-ons which make the selfie-taking experience, well, better.

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